We get to have such a unique opportunity as we read through the Bible, because we get to see exactly how God keeps His promises. Sometimes it can be easy for us to be hard on people in the Bible who don't put their hope and trust in God, because we know what the outcome will be! God made some huge promises to people in the Bible, and He still makes huge promises to us as well. The best way to know if we can trust Him is to look at all the promises God has already kept!
This week, we looked at promises God made to King David in 1 Chronicles 17. Remember, David was not born into the Royal Family, but God promised he would be king. Crazy! But God didn't even stop there. In this chapter, God tells David that his "kingdom would be established forever." Understandably, David was overwhelmed with these promises, but instead of responding with doubt or fear, he responded with thankfulness and hope!
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At dinner this week, talk as a family about God's promises that you have seen fulfilled. See how many you as a family can think of from the Bible together. How do you know each promise was kept?
While driving in the car this week, see how many things you can notice outside that God has kept his promises in. For example, pay attention to how the sun rises and sets every single day. Look at the birds and see how they are taken care of. Have someone read Matthew 6:25-34 and thank God together for how He cares for us.
During bedtime this week, ask your kids if they can think of any examples of God's promises kept to them. Discuss a few of them from your own life as well. Ask your kids to answer on a scale of 1-10 how sure they are that God will keep His promises. Why or why not? Read the memory verse (Romans 15:13) together.
In the mornings this week, start practicing this month's memory verse (Romans 15:13). See if you can come up with a family rap or song (complete with motions!), and practice it together every morning. On Saturday morning, find some friends/neighbors/extended family who you can show it off to!
Thank God for all of the promises He has already fulfilled and for those that are to come. Ask Him to help you put your hope fully in Him and not in temporary things. Thank Him for the hope He give thru the Holy Spirit.
Next week continue to study HOPE, and look at the life of Zaccheus and the Rich Young Ruler. We will look at where each of them put their hope!